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'Calexit' leader abandons movement to live permanently in Russia
Because of course.
If you were hoping to see California leave the United States, become its own country, and guarantee that Democrats never win another national election, you've just been dealt a blow. It seems the leader of the "Calexit" movement has had it with the living "under the American flag" and has decided to seek greener pastures. Those pastures will likely be covered in permafrost and soaked with vodka because, yes, he's decided to pack his bags and make Russia his permanent home.
I guess it was the only place he could find with more communists than California.
In a lengthy statement Monday, Louis Marinelli, president of the separatist group Yes California, announced he was withdrawing his petition for a referendum on secession. Instead, he plans to apply to be a live permanently in Russia, where he currently resides.
"I have found in Russia a new happiness, a life without the albatross of frustration and resentment towards ones’ homeland, and a future detached from the partisan divisions and animosity that has thus far engulfed my entire adult life," Marinelli wrote. "Consequently, if the people of Russia would be so kind as to welcome me here on a permanent basis, I intend to make Russia my new home."
In the statement, Marinelli explained that he was "primarily motivated" to work toward California's secession due to a "personal struggle" over his wife's immigration status. But his wife now has a green card, and anyway he is disillusioned with the US and doesn't "wish to live under the American flag."
I know, I know. You're sad to see him go. He sounds sad too. Or maybe he's just sick of being reminded that his crusade never had a chance of succeeding in the first place.
In his statement Monday, Marinelli said slammed the media for it's [sic] coverage of his connection to Russia, adding that he had always acknowledged "the trouble I bring to the table with my political background and my history in Russia."
"Now the mainstream media, many of which are based in Washington and in New York, have called Calexit a fringe campaign with no chance of ever succeeding," he wrote. "Meanwhile, they have simultaneously sensationalized, exaggerated, and dramatized information about our campaign and particularly about myself in an effort to delegitimize our effort and demoralize our supporters."
So Marinelli is taking his ball and going to home to get a nice warm bowl of borscht.
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